Old Men Are Making This Summer’s Hottest Hip-Hop

Did you listen to the latest Common joint posted up at XXL Mag Dot Com? If you didn’t like the track titled ‘The People’ you could be forgiven because maybe you think that Dwele only belongs on rappers from the D tracks. Maybe you’re a rap literalist or some shit. Whatever your problem, if you aren’t feeling the latest Com Sense joint called ‘The Game’ then you should find a nice quiet space to kill yourself. I show respect to Com Sense for being the veteran in the music industry that hasn’t decided to alienate his core audience to follow a trend.

The real story for the summer though is going to be the return of Fifty Cent. Everything that I have heard from his new album is a certified banger. The less I hear Fifty Cent singing the better. I think his new album will be bigger than ‘Get Rich Or Die Trying’. I see all these politically conservative groups trying to rally their troops to stop Fifty’s money machine. Let’s see if Jimmy Iovine stands behind Fifty better than he did for Ice T.

If Hip-Hoppers were as politically active with their money as some conservative groups are with theirs then we wouldn’t see all of these rappers being dropped by their sponsors like bad habits. Lots of people still listen to Hip-Hop but no one buys the shit. This is becoming a problem on several levels. Like we spoke about before there is a total industry of office workers, delivery people and even compact disk casing manufacturers that are supported by CD sales. The fact that CD sales for Hip-Hop music are so weak means that record labels and music outlets aren’t willing to defend the music from criticism of external forces. If people don’t care about the music enough to support it on a retail level then it’s vulnerable enough to be dictated by people who don’t see the difference in Young MC and Young Jeezy.

I’m not telling you that buying Fifty Cent’s CD will stop the conservative onslaught on rap music, but it will send a message to the Bill O’Reillys that use their platforms to bash the culture at every turn but have never taken a minute to discover why rap music speaks to so many people. Understand that your money is your real voting power. Use it to tell the government what you feel about the censorship of ideas and concert cancellations and the attack upon the culture that you represent.

Or you could do nothing…

  • smog

    that new fiddy does look hot, jay, luda and fifty all on one track, worlds are coliding, the multiverse is ending, ahhhhh infinite crisis!!!!!

  • J.R.O.

    50 killed it, now, he’s bringing it back!

    Yeah, right.

  • Were Read 2 Def

    How is Curtis gonna b bigger than Get Rich. I’m sure u don’t mean better. Right?

  • lukee lefty

    jay luda and 50 did a track together ??? but yeah i think he’s goin back to that older 50 which is goin to be good music

  • x-mas kid

    ill be coppin the curtis…fuck a o’riley

  • http://www.straightoutleodis.blogspot.com Analogue

    So what, buying Fifty’s album is making a positive political statement? Yeah riiiight….

    Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got nothing against Curtis per se but if you’re serious on this one then you’ve lost me. Fif’ plays right up to the controversy and without the O’Reillys et al he’d be nada.

    Unless you’re joking? In which case I just don’t get your SOH.

  • http://www.myspace.com/sinistahmoneybagz Sinistah aka Sin Piff

    i aint hear “The Game” yet, i saw it but has been reluctant to give any newer music a listen lately. It’s startin to cramp my own pen-game, the other day i almost wrote a “dumb-dumb” called “Clip My Dreds Hoe”, and no hip-hop aint the blame for me saying “hoe” i use it by my own definition for descriptive reasons.

    But honestly Billy, in the past 5yrs, aside from the few just gettin some recognition, who was the last visible MC under 25, who’s music is actually hot beyond their self-proclaimed greatness and bars-o-bullshit they force-feed the public with.

  • http://xxlmag.com fresh

    “If people don’t care about the music enough to support it on a retail level then it’s vulnerable enough to be dictated by people who don’t see the difference in Young MC and Young Jeezy.”

    Ha ha. The image of Jeezy appearing on a future Celebrity Fit Club just popped in my head for no apparent reason. Don’t ask.

  • Danny

    I actually think no one is going to cop it…

  • these posts are racist

    Nice post Billy.

  • danny

    i feel the same way, im buying a lot of cd’s this year. he speaks the truth

  • OUTYA’SELF

    FUCK WIT’ MY HIP-HOP AND DIE GODDAMN’T! DIE I SAID!
    LET ME CATCH O’RIELY SLIPPIN AT THE TITTY CLUB OR SUMIN!OR SHARPTON COME OUT A KFC! OR RUSSELL SWITCH UP COON ASS COME OUTTA’THE DEFJAM BUILDIN’ AND IT’S A DONE D!

    naw but seriously we do need to rally our troops on all sides of this culture known as hip-hop before they abolish it.gangsters,backpackers,battlers,trap boys,concious cats,spoken word niggas we all need to unite in the name hip-hop and DEMAND! that the powers that be issue a cease fire on a culture thats’ not only provided job security and stability to our nieghborhoods and communities but also given the down’trodden,blue collar, under the radar ghetto citizen a platform in which to speak from.this issue is bigger den record sales,it’s bigger den’ beef, it’s about our way of life and our right to not only speak our minds but have our opinions,thoughts,views,commentary and issues brought to the public and for the public…….i now return you to your reguraly scheduled ignorance~LET THESE MU’FUCKA’S THINK ABOUT TOUCHIN MY MUSIC AND THEN IT’S TIME TO BRING’EM OUT YA’ DIG! FUCK DAT YOU SEE A HIP-HOP HATA BUSS’THAT NIGGA HEAD TO THE WHITE MEAT! IT’S HIP-HOP OR WAR OUT HERE YA SMELL ME CUZ’

    M.A.D MEN MOVEMENT NIGGA GET WIT’ IT OR GET DONE!

  • Ali

    But honestly Billy, in the past 5yrs, aside from the few just gettin some recognition, who was the last visible MC under 25, who’s music is actually hot beyond their self-proclaimed greatness and bars-o-bullshit they force-feed the public with.

    Saigon!

  • dameSTAtus

    Foist: Why does this janky site appropriate other user’s handles (name) and email addrress (that is promised “not to be published”) on my browser? It’s like XXL is putting another’s man “cookies” on my cpu. (Nullus to another man’s cookies, btw. DoubleNullus actually)

    2ndly: Billy/Dallas, since XXL.com was having a brain freeze yesterday, I’m reading articles in succession here.. That said, how can you rail against my namesake Mr. Dash for packaging and marketing a “drug corner to riches” story, and then come right back and advocate buy the new 50 aka “Ferrari” album. Not to hate on him, but he rose to fame via the marketing and manufacturing (emphasis on the latter) of a drug dealer lifestyle, and now he pretty much outwardly/vocaly represents rampant consumerism, mysogyny, and hedonistic sexual behavior (or “behaviour” if you’re joining us from across the pond)?

    I’d really like to read your response in an attempt to rectify this.

    And yes I’m black and from the hood (east oakland), so don’t try to Noz me fam-a-lam.

    Fin.

  • Gloria Carter

    I fornicated a Camel……

  • Danny

    They say 30 is the new 20,
    He’s 40 im 30 so who’s 20?

    -Jim Jones

  • loose change

    50 was the beginning of the end for this hip hop ish. He’s a talented guy, but would rather pose than rap. Ppl ain’t buying CDs no more cos hip hop sucks right now.

  • http://www.myspace.com/sinistahmoneybagz Sinistah aka Sin Piff

    Hey Billy, i’m black and from the hood

    i just gotta say man, this blog is fuckin gnarly!

  • Content

    The armchair revolutionist strikes again.

  • Randy Watson

    save hip-hop by copping curtis…riiight, then I’ll pick up ja rule and nelly’s catalogues to really fight the power

  • http://thifubar.blogspot.com ThingAlec

    Yeah to me it seems like guys like Al Sharpton and Bill O’Reilly are second comings of Dan Quayles and C. Delores Tuckers.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com THABLOCK

    i like the game, cam/dipset but im still gonna buy that curtis album, if its any good…. tha reason sales are low is cuz people hate to much now a days….. for example, if sumwun likes 50 they wont buy cams album and vice versa…. it shouldnt be like that….. if tha musics good then buy it

  • http://www.thursdayplantation.blogspot.com lar

    the conservatives shouldn’t be that mad at curtis. buying 50′s album is basically like voting republican.

  • Dr Flav

    I asked for something positive and uplifting yesterday Billy, you served and delivered, thank you. To add on its only right that the older Gs come correct with the music, you wouldnt expect to go to the hospital to have the resident do a better job than a head physician or an apprentice to do the job of a master. I sincerely hope that more respect and attention be paid to the veteran or older artists, we arent dinosaurs, we still roaming the earth.

  • babyboy

    only heard 1 banger from him 4 sure, and it was amusement park , the rest was straight garbage

  • http://xxlmag.com joker19977

    babyboy Says:

    May 10th, 2007 at 1:56 pm
    only heard 1 banger from him 4 sure, and it was amusement park , the rest was straight garbage

    nah homie…you gotta like that fully loaded clip shits mean. But i will bootleg 50 so i can have it a couple of weeks before it comes up and then when it drops i’ll go ahead and grab it. Curtis is definantly worth purchasing all three leaked songs are hot…quit bullshitting yourselves…dont let curtis be like reasonable doubt…a gem that doesnt get the respect…grab fifty he took it back to the streets.

  • Hip Hop since 79′

    “Finding Forever”, whill be a great album. And 50 will sell a few million for sure.

    Common, Little Brother, Talib are going to make for a great summer.

  • Hip Hop since 79′

    ThingAlec Says:

    May 10th, 2007 at 1:29 pm
    Yeah to me it seems like guys like Al Sharpton and Bill O’Reilly are second comings of Dan Quayles and C. Delores Tuckers.

    ^^^^

    Right on the money! I will never forget when the Dems were trying to end ALL Hip Hop.

  • The Spaniard

    RANDY WATSON, I co-sign that brother. I am also going to grab that new MC Brains to really make a statement.

  • john cochran

    For all of us who’ve been hatin on fif lately, including me, I think he got some surprises. Im hearin alot of good shit. that fully loaded clip shit should have everyone in the industry scared. You bet not drop when he drop. As for other music coming out this summer, what happened to UGK. that shit was sposed to been dropped? Is FAB gonna really come out this year? Did he spend his whole budget to get that weak timbo beat and put neyo on it? Will Carter 3 be better than the shit weezy been doin on tapes, or should I keep bangin Drought 3? who knows.

  • beeyo

    Really Billy, was this post under bosses orders? 1st he’s fisty cent, now it’s “Cop Curtis to fight the Machine?” This reeks of the Interscope marketing department. I like Fif, but cmon son, don’t sell your soul over the net. Is Bol gonna do a promo post next? How bout Noz spittin some whiteman knowledge about how 50 singlehandedly changed the way we look at rap today?
    And the comments don’t look right either. Where are the “G Unots” and “50′s a Mo” commenters? Edited out of the conversation? Fuck man, I’m dissapointed in this shit, might as well call XXL “Jimmy Iovines Source”.
    Fuck, man, just…. Fuck.

  • Ghetto Cherokee

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    This motherfucker has a dick up his ass
    Talkin conspiracy theory’s and shit

  • yaboy

    not really feeling any of 50′s new music. ill dl the joint tho. if i wanna use my money to make a statement im buying that joell ortiz or the nas (again).

  • yaboy

    not really feeling any of 50′s new music. ill dl the joint tho. if i wanna use my money to make a statement im buying that joell ortiz or the nas (again).

  • BlackDante

    50 better get back to the old stuff. He’s a good businessman, not rapper, but businessman. He knows if his cd doesnt do well people are gonna say the GUnit fell off, which they kinda have, Buck and Banks cd was wack(Buck had good beats, but his rhymes dont get it done).I hope he’ll have Eminem on the new cd. I wonder who he’s gonna come out dissin this time. Cuz he always disses to sell records. I hope he doesnt continue with the Camron beef because thats just two rappers tryin to get some media/industry attention

  • INF

    damn how much fifty pay you to write that?

  • GT_Massive

    I don’t hate Fif, and I ain’t a fan, but you can’t be serious. That Amusement Park ish he’s dropping as a 1st single ain’t gonna sell this album. And throwing alot of people on there ain’t gonna make it quality (look at the long awaited NaS & Jaz-Z collabo). I’m positive Fif will go platinum, but this album is not gonna be bigger than Get Rich. Not unless he’s got another “In the Club” on there and those kinda records are like lightening striking the same place 2X.

  • m.ryder

    ha ha ha what have thise so called mc’s done for there hoods other than leave it fast ???u right about supporting artist but not al thise multymillion dolla faggets
    support artist such as immortal tech
    that gives so much back to everybody both in the states and cross seas

  • bad boy

    ha ha ha what have thise so called mc’s done for there hoods other than leave it fast ???u right about supporting artist but not al thise multymillion dolla faggets
    support artist such as immortal tech
    that gives so much back to everybody both in the states and cross seas

  • http://xxlmag m.ryder

    ha ha ha ha ha

  • Yung Ether

    mo flip, flops than a puerto rican day parade

  • C.Rob

    its funny how you diss everyone else, but promote the shit out of 50 Cent, who will go down as one of the most succesful rappers who couldnt rap! that guy is garbage, and you know it, but interscope pays the bill at xxl, so, i guess you gotta do what you do, keep killing hip hop…..

  • TheJuiceManne

    im probably the last person you’d expect to say this because I rarely agree with any of your opinions (mainly because of your blatantly biased disdain for southern rap) but I have to say this well worth the read.

    I’m a white guy from Central Florida and I am scared for rap music because of the terrible sales and the repeated bashing of it on news. Although sales don’t reflect it, it is by far the most popular genre of music. Well at least here it is…

  • v

    all the songs i have heard from curtis so far are wack with the exception of straight to the bank which was alright.every thing else is wack juice .he will not do big numbers .and i hate to say it but i belive jays new album will outsell him.

  • Just Go

    Curtis is going to be a Hip Hop Classic for the 07, 50 Cent is putting Hip Hop on his back, lacing us with three classic joints off the album so far, Straight To The Bank, Amusement Park, and Fully Loaded Clip. HOLLA!!

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Dr.Flav,
    This post was in response to yer’ yammering about some positive shit on the X Dubbz pages. My way of giving back to you after deleting your comments from ways back.

    DameStats,
    Do you see the name on the header of this blog? It hasn’t ever said Dallas yet and since you know where to holler at Dallas, I don’t get your mission.

    Copp Fisty, copp Common, definitely copp Joell Ortiz and Redman, copp that Young Jeezy if that shit motivates you.

    My point is that Fisty is under attack personally by these conservative groups and even though I am not a fan of Fisty’s content there is more at stake than just a Fisty Scent CD.

    What happens when the Coup’s work gets targeted by these conservative groups? What about X-Clan and Public Enemy? Censorship is about to turn the corner where things get targeted that are controversial on a socio-political level. If we don’t shut these nazis down early in the game there won’t be a lane for the next Poor Righteous Teachers or the old Wise Intelligent either.

  • bee-fucking-yo

    Yup, I’m sure Public Enemy are the next targets. Those guys have been all over the media with their controversial lyrics lately.
    Whatever man, I expect a dopeass post tomorrow Billy, looking forward to reading it.
    Fight The Power!!

  • thoreauly77

    sheeit, it won’t be public enemy under the scope, but perhaps paris, who wrote their entire last album? coup? RBG/dead prez/ people’s army/? hell, maybe even NYoil if anyone can figure out who that dude is?!? hell, all of east oakland?!? the point is that it’s just another instance of assault on black-expression by white people, and yes, sell-out blacks. next thing you know, there will be more controversy at a poetry jam than just phonte calling out sandals and capris….

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    One of my dingleberry fans likes to call me a revolutionary.

    I believe in evolution, not revolution.

    All revolving does is put you right back in the same place after wasting time spinning around.

    This little nigger even has a college e-mail so I guess the argument against higher education is sometimes valid.

    I love y’all dudes (no Lil’ Wang) but I think some of y’all are total fucking blanks. When Pepsi removes it’s sponsorship from a Ludacris that is censorship. We then have to attack a Pepsi head on by NOT supporting the beverage or their subsidiaries like Taco Bell or KFC.

    Do you blanks need me to create a safe shopping list for you or are you able to formulate one on your own?

  • http://xxlmag.com bk8732

    Sunday ur learnin. Everyone has sumthin to say about the unit. But now ur basically pinnin all kinds of delivery folks jobs etc. on CURTIS? Well if he’s gonna have to show ya’ll again nonbodys built better to do it. Don’t know about political statement but good music sells. U have to be smart enough to drop that commercial shit real them in and then drop jewels on them. Fifty and jeezy do that. Jeezy should get kick backs from teachin these fools the lingo and the life. Never been a truer post! 1. Austin, Texas

  • SKEEN

    WHY IS THE NEW UGK ALBUM CONTINUOUSLY BEING DELAYED. I DON’T THINK I’VE SEEN ONE THAT HAS PRETTY MUCH BEEN DONE WITH GET PUSHED BACK SO MUCH. I KNOW IT’S HARD TO REMEMBER, BUT IT WAS ORIGINALLY SUPPOSED TO COME OUT IN DEC.’06. WTF?

  • Content

    This little nigger even has a college e-mail so I guess the argument against higher education is sometimes valid.

    ^You lose credibility typing shit like that. Concentrate on your blog game billy ocean.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    ^ wrong coward, I don’t have a credibility issue. I keep it realer than most. Don’t you have some finals to concentrate on.

    I will need an informed manager at the car rental counter when I vaycay in your home state. Get your degree already and get your Hertz on.

  • LOUIS VUITTON DON JR

    fiddy’s joint amusement park is super ugly and is nothin but candy shoppt 2 so ho wis dat a abnger and the last fiddy track i liked was huslters ambition he aint doin nothin

  • Rizzop

    “And throwing alot of people on there ain’t gonna make it quality (look at the long awaited NaS & Jaz-Z collabo).” What you mean homie, that shit was hot as hell… Weezy and juelz couldnt even keep up on that beat. Ill gie it to 50, he makes sure nigga keep talking about him. Ill buy his shit as long as he aint sangin and shit.

  • http://myspace.com/gopentertainment Sayso is Donny Slaughter

    I’m not telling you that buying Fifty Cent’s CD will stop the conservative onslaught on rap music, but it will send a message to the Bill O’Reillys that use their platforms to bash the culture at every turn but have never taken a minute to discover why rap music speaks to so many people. Understand that your money is your real voting power. Use it to tell the government what you feel about the censorship of ideas and concert cancellations and the attack upon the culture that you represent

    THIS IS REAL TALK, WE NEED AS ARTIST AND/OR BONAFIDE LOVERS OF HIP HOP REALLY NEED TO LET OUR VOICES BE HEARD, THIS ARTICLE IS TRUE ON SO MANY FRONTS, AND UNLESS WE PROVE ONCE AGAIN THAT RAP HAS SELLIN’ POWER, LETS STOP BUYIN’ THESE BOOTLEG CD’S AND STOP BURNING CD’S AND START BUYIN’ AND SUPPORTING THE CRAFT WE LOVE, I KNOW SOME OF THESE CLOWNS ONLY MAKE CD’S WITH ONE OR TWO GOOD SONGS ON IT, AND AS ARTISTS WE MAY NEED TO STEP OUR GAME UP, WRESTLE CREATIVE CONTROL FROM THESE TI’S AND CRANK UP WHUT WE’RE USED TO CRANKIN’ AND NOT JUST PUT OUT BULLSHYT THAT ALL SOUNDS LIKE THA NEXT MUPHUCKA!!! SUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST NATIONAL AND LOCAL!!! ALL THIS BEEFIN’ SHYT SHOULD END CUZ IT’S ONLY TEARIN’ OUR MUSIC APART, WHICH IS WHUT THEY WANT!!!! PHUCK DAT, I AIN’T GIVIN’ EM SHYT!!!! THIS IS WHUT THEY DID WHEN THEY BOUGHT US OVER HERE FROM AFRICA, RAPED US, BEAT US, MADE US CHANGE OUR RELIGION, OUR CULTURE, OUR LANGUAGE, IT’S THA SAME SHYT ALL OVER AGAIN, THEY WANNA CHANGE OUR CULTURE AND OUR LANGUAGE, AND I CANT LET THEM DO THAT SHYT, THIS AIN’T THA LAND OF THA FREE, NEVER HAS BEEN AND UNLESS WE STAND UP IT NEVER WILL BE!!!!

  • http://myspace.com/gopentertainment Sayso is Donny Slaughter

    RANDY WATSON, I co-sign that brother. I am also going to grab that new MC Brains to really make a statement

    But that’s the idea, I mean fuck it, really I like Biggie and Pac, got both they shyt, like 50 and Game, got both their shyt, their beefs don”t dictate my money and how I spend it, I support my music and I ain’t obligated to choose sides, that’s their shyt!!! However I will let my voice be heard, and yall should too!!!!

  • Dr Flav

    There you go, Billy it was more exasperation than yammering and whats up with the power trippin, I actually add substance to these blois I think, if I dont there are thousands of others, hell I should start my own. BTW dissin and namecalling your readership is not fly.

  • steve

    How could u buy an album by an artist that will laugh all the way to the bank because all those people bought his garbage. You can get garbage 4 free behind any local business.

  • Big Maddi Fresh

    Billy u callin other ppl broke but all u are is a part time McDonalds minimum wage worker who writes a Garbage blog on a hip hop website.
    And with those 2 wages put together u still onli end up wit 15 k.
    hahahaha

  • dotgenetix

    ok

  • Jerz!

    Fuck? lol you could have said almost any other rap artist and you said that dude. And I think anyone who believes that Amusement Park is a certified banger should be laying right next to the dude who isn’t feeling the Common joint.

  • Bootleg Bill

    I think Curtis will win but that Amusment Park shit is fucking garbage. He needs a ghostwriter like Lil Wayne. I’m sorry but Gillie didn’t write his current shit and neither did Wayne. If 50 had a Mad Skillz or Ras Kass ghostwriting some of his shit he would destroy Hip Hop even further than he already has. Nobody gives that fool credit for destroying the game. He made everyone wanna make a mixtape, me taught rappers how to sing but blame someone else for singing and he showed New York how to denign its style and adopt (steal) some other regions style for success (after the shots to the grill he sounded slow like a southerner sipping soda in ‘Sippi swamp).

  • king

    i’m not wasting my money buying wack ass cd’s to make a point. I ain’t ballin like that a better idea would be for these artist to stop selling us this bullshit and actually make good music.

  • murph

    if 50cent learns how to rap on these dre beats then i may consider buying his album, however he sucks balls as a rapper now

  • grapes

    FUCK 50. Like…what the fuck are you saying, all his shit’s bangin’ so far? “Amusement Park” is BULLSHIT, “Straight to the Bank” = catchy. Any other new singles? Those prolly garbage too. He can’t regain the prime he had on Get Rich cause he ruined his WHOLE image to an unrepairable level on The Massacre. This new album shouldn’t be called Before I Self-Destruct, or Curtis. It should be called Past My Prime or Garbage. Either way, it’ll work.

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